There have been two official US Open trophies - and neither of them will be presented to the winner at Chambers Bay
The winner of this year’s US Open will be presented with the US Open Trophy. But then again he won’t be. For it is a long time since this actually happened.
The US Open trophy will be where is has been for the past 29 years. This is on permanent display at the USGA Museum. It will be nowhere near Chambers Bay.
What the winner will be presented with is a full-size replica of the trophy. Last year this honour went to Martin Kaymer.
The winner keeps this replica of the trophy for a year and is responsible for getting his own name engraved on it.
He then hands it back the following year- whereupon he is given another replica, slightly smaller than full size. This new replica is his to keep forever.
Also his to keep forever is the golf medal the winner receives. This tradition which began with the first US Open in 1895. Back then the idea was that the winner’s club got the trophy to display for the year and the winner got a medal.
In 2012 this medal was renamed the Jack Nicklaus Medal – or rather named, as previously, like the trophy, it had no name.
Nor did it have a consistent design, but now it incorporates a depiction of Nicklaus on it.
Nicklaus is one of four men who have won the most US Opens, with four each.
The lowest score by an amateur playing all four rounds of the tournament wins the low amateur medal.
Rory McIlroy has his replica of the US Open trophy on display at his home club, Holywood.
When he won in 2011 he took the US Open trophy with him to his subsequent events, to be shown off. Or at least he tried to.
When the US Open trophy was shipped to China, in readiness for his appearance at the Shanghai Masters, the trophy was impounded by Chinese customs officials. It took much time and effort by his management company and the USGA to get the trophy back.
The first US Open trophy was awarded at the first US Open in 1895. This remained the trophy until 1946.
The trophy was on display at Tam O’Shanter the club of the 1946 US Open champion Lloyd Mangrum. But it was destroyed in a fire at the club.
The USGA therefore commissioned another trophy, a replica of the one destroyed, to be presented to the winner of the 1947 US Open.
This trophy was presented to every winner from then until 1986 when the trophy was retired to the museum.